Chris Steven, Abuja
The Initiative for Integrity and Good Leadership (IIGL) has said that President Muhammadu Buhari should not ignore calls by Nigerians to him to set up an Investigative panel to look into allegations of certificate forgery against his special adviser on Prosecution Okoi Obono-Obla.
The group said it was worried by the deafening silence of the President on the matter despite calls from different stakeholders that Obla who is also the Chairman of Presidential Panel on Recovery of Government Property should resign his appointment.
It had warned about two weeks ago that it would begin a mass action in 30 days if Obono-Obla did not resign from Buhari’s cabinet.
Speaking during a press briefing in Abuja on Sunday, National President of IIGL,
Muhammadu Aliyu, reiterated that the continuous presence of the Presidential aide in the cabinet would erode the integrity of the administration known for probity and war against corruption.
Obono-Obla has been indicted by a report of the House of Representatives for result forgery and misuse of public funds.
Aliyu said the Executive Order 6 with which the Presidency banned 50 high profile Nigerians from travelling abroad shows that the government is not relenting on its war against corruption.
He however said that Nigerians would only take such war serious when people like Obono-Obla who is within the cabinet is not shielded but investigated and sanctioned accordingly if found guilty.
“We urge President Muhammadu Buhari not to ignore calls by Nigerians to probe his special aide on prosecution.
His recent Executive Order 6 has shown that the President meant business with his war against corruption, but such war would be seen as to be one sided if Obono-Obla is still in the government with such indictment and not investigated and sanctioned if found guilty,” Aliyu said.
On the threat of mass action issued by his group, he said the 30 days ultimatum is counting as the presidential aide has less than 15 days within which to toe the path of honour by tendering his resignation letter.
He commended former Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, who according to him, bowed out after her certificate scandal.
“Yes, Adeosun deserves commendation because in this country, not many people can do what she did,” he said.